Rhodes Scholar ready to work for na­tional de­vel­op­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ja­son Cross Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA’S 2017 Rhodes Scholar Shakeba Foster hopes to make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to na­tional de­vel­op­ment, just like Rhodes Schol­ars be­fore her have done.

“It means so much be­cause the Rhodes Schol­ar­ship has such a wealth of his­tory. The per­sons who have been Rhodes Schol­ars have con­trib­uted so much to so­ci­ety. They have con­trib­uted much to their own fields, so I have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that I keep that stan­dard up, not only for my ben­e­fit, but for my coun­try on a whole,” Foster told The Gleaner.

Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Sir Pa­trick Allen an­nounced Foster as re­cip­i­ent of the schol­ar­ship at King’s House in St An­drew on Thurs­day.

Foster, 23, is a past stu­dent of the Tre­de­gar Park All-Age School, St Jago High School, and the Univer­sity of West Indies (UWI), Mona.

At the UWI, Foster achieved a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in bank­ing and fi­nance be­fore un­der­tak­ing her mas­ter’s de­gree in eco­nomics. She is cur­rently an as­sis­tant lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomics at the UWI.

As a Rhodes Scholar, Foster will at­tend the pres­ti­gious Ox­ford Univer­sity in the United King­dom.

“At Ox­ford, I will be pur­su­ing an MPhil in eco­nomics, and I hope to move on to a DPhil in eco­nomics,” she said.

Her Chris­tian back­ground and her fam­ily are what she cred­its for ac­com­plish­ments.


“The ma­jor part of my life is that I’m a Chris­tian and I try to live up to the best moral and right­eous stan­dards, and so to be able to ex­cel there and to be able to ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally as well is re­ally out­stand­ing. I am grate­ful to ev­ery­body who has been help­ing me on this jour­ney. My fam­ily is a great sup­port. I’m just elated!” Foster said.

Foster fin­ished her un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies with a 4.1 grade point av­er­age and a first-class hon­ours de­gree. She com­pleted her mas­ter’s in eco­nomics at the top of her class, with dis­tinc­tion.

Asked what she wants to be­come when all the study­ing is done, she was un­cer­tain, telling The Gleaner that she would just be work­ing on her im­me­di­ate goals for the time be­ing.

“I have a pas­sion for teach­ing, and so that’s one of the rea­sons I am lec­tur­ing in the depart­ment. I re­ally have no def­i­nite plans where I want to be 10 to 15 years from now. I am just work­ing on my im­me­di­ate goals just to see where they bring me,” said Foster.


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